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Duluth bests Minneapolis in magazine 'Best Town' contest


What's the best place to live? It's a question being asked in a national “Best Place to Live” contest promoted by Outside Magazine.

In the most recent elimination round, the Duluth News Tribune reports that the city of Duluth came in ahead of Minneapolis. It was an all-Minnesota showdown in the latest round of voting in the magazine’s fourth annual “Best Towns” contest.

The Northlands News Center reported that Duluth came out on top by a long haul, with almost 20,000 votes ahead of Minneapolis in the bracket as online polls closed late Tuesday.

Duluth mounted an aggressive, all-out campaign to win the designation. The volunteer-based VoteDuluth effort rallied citizens with social media to vote for the city in the “Best Place to Live” by Outside Magazine. The newspaper story praised the effort that "...helped spur the upset over our larger neighbor to the south on I-35. The upset nature of the victory over a much larger populous made it all the sweeter," it concluded.

“This is exciting for the city of Duluth,” Dan Hartman, VoteDuluth volunteer, told the newspaper. “It’s our chance to tell the world what we already know: we’re the best outdoor city in the country. It’s why we live here.”

Duluth's Facebook page, promoted by the city, asking for votes in a post that said "...tell your family and friends to vote, too."

Duluth will face Asheville, N.C., in the next round.

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